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Circulars dated:   4/12/17

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NEXT Harberton Folk Circular - ??day ?? December 2017

Part One below - A full listing for the coming month
Part Two - Some newly notified (and updated) later events
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

***** Part One *****

***** Part Two - Some newly notified (and updated) events (...??) *****

***** Part Three - Other stuff *****


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Harberton Folk Circular - Monday 4 December 2017

Part One below - A full listing to the end of January
Part Two - One-liners for February
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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***** Part One *****

UPDATED Jan and I are making the trip to see our old Harberton Folk friends - see you there too?
Sunday 10 December 2017 7.30pm - An Albion Christmas - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. Indulge in a traditional Christmas treat. Founder of Fairport , Steeleye and The Albion Band, Ashley Hutchings is joined on stage by Kellie While, Simon Care and Simon Nicol, for an evening of traditional English Christmas music, dancing and celebration. Kellie takes time out from working with her mum, Chris While. Folk enthusiasts will know Kellie from her work with The Albion Band. Simon Care is currently working with Edward II and has always had a passion for Traditional English dance and song. Simon also works with Whapweasel, Tickled Pink and the Lark Rise Band. Simon Nicol, founder member of Fairport finishes the line-up to make this a truly festive treat. He is regarded as one of the finest acoustic guitarists in the world. His voice is pretty special too! The Albion Christmas Band will also be playing tracks from their new album ‘Magic Touch.’ Specially formed for the festive period, this evening will be 'The perfect antidote to the corporate Christmas' (The Guardian). 'The Albion Christmas Band take the audience deep into Britain's winter festival with visions of frosty mornings, a rejoicing Earth, burning logs and berries' (Reuters). With sell-out tours including venues such as Buxton Opera House, The New Vic Stoke and The Sage, Gateshead, The Albion Xmas Show is a very popular show appealing to all ages. £19. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Monday 11 December 2017 7.30pm - Artizan Acoustic Night / Open Mic / Silvington - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
An unplugged, open-mic evening of laidback music and melody featuring talented local performers and exciting guest sets! This month we're excited to welcome Silvington to the gallery! "Silvington is made up of John Connor and Tricia Moore, and the duo are becoming well known in the South of England and further afield for their modern style of folk singing." - Kingsbridge and Salcombe Gazette. Curated by Robert Spence, 01803 613647.
Note: Artizan Acoustic Nights will move to the third Monday of each month in 2018.

Thursday 14 December 2017 8.30pm - Geoff Lakeman - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
B-Bar regular, dad to famous folk stars Seth, Sean and Sam -plays for us again! His debut solo album "After All These Years" launched earlier this year to critical acclaim: the CD has had national five and four--star reviews and been played on BBC Radio 2 by Mark Radcliffe, by Tom Robinson on his BBC Radio Six show, on BBC Radio 3 and just about every local radio station in the country. Come and hear the singer and concertina master's musical take on the west country, American and Irish folk, Americana and even 20's/30's jazz". Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Thursday 14 December 2017 7.30pm - Folk Plus Acoustic Music Club - Ye Olde Smokey House, Vicarage Rd, Marldon, Paignton TQ3 9NN (map)
Recently celebrated our 2nd birthday and still attracting performers / music lovers from far and near. Folk Plus is a a friendly, welcoming place for enthusiasts of Folk and acoustic music. We offer a basic PA (which many people seem to like a lot - but performers don't have to use it). Folk (traditional and contemporary) is where we started and indeed flavours a lot of the music played. But not exclusively so. There is room and the opportunity to try something different. We have often been wowed by the unexpected. Tell Chris as soon as you arrive so she can ensure everyone that wants to gets a chance to play and/or sing. Performers £2, audience £3. If you haven't yet been to Folk Plus, give yourself a treat - there is such a superb depth of talent locally. www.facebook.com/folkplus2/?fref=ts
Change of regular dates in 2018: We are moving to the 3rd Friday of each month, starting in January: Friday 19 January 2018. This will avoid the several unfortunate clashes with other local clubs that occur at present.

UPDATED Friday 15 December 2017 7.30pm - India Electric Company - St Michael & All Angels Church, Stockland, nr Honiton EX14 9BP (map)
Cole Stacey & Joseph O'Keefe return to Devon for a special one-off candlelit concert. Sometimes folk, sometimes not, they use traditional instruments in contemporary styles to explore diverse themes from Eastern Europe, Irish traditions and urban alienation to end up with something “quirky and glittery - a veritable musical magpie’s nest.” - Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3. “Bursting with invention and full of surprises.” - The Telegraph. “Their reeling, spinning sound corroborates the content of their songs which appear to be describing a life alive with motion. They are altogether a good thing, busy as rush hour but full of light.” - The Independent on Sunday. www.indiaelectricco.com. Contact: 01404 881207. £8(+) adv from Wendy 01404 881207 or www.wegottickets.com/event/402669., £10 door. Basic bar. Funds raised will go towards the tower repairs. Park in pub car park.

Friday 15 December 2017 9pm - Dr Thud's Remedy - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
A happy, up for it, five piece Irish folk band, driven by fiddle, mandolin, bodhran, guitar and brotherly harmonies. Admission £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 15 December 2017 8pm -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
details tba/tbc French & Breton dance and music. Guest: Dave Faulkner & SteveTurner / The Hot Snails.

Saturday 16 December 2017 6.30pm - FOS Brothers - Drewe Arms, The Square, Drewsteignton EX6 6QN
Dave and Sam McCrory from East Belfast, together they create a unique soundscape of acoustic music heavily influenced by their Irish roots. They have been performing for over 25 years www.fosbrothers.com. Support: Adam Sweet www.adamsweetmusic.com. The night includes a 3-course Christmas dinner (veggie option). Tickets £25 limited to 60 people (10% discount for table of 10) so book now if interested. Pay with credit/debit card by ringing the pub. www.thedrewearmsinn.co.uk.

UPDATED Saturday 16 December 2017 - The Lost Sound with Chris Hoban - Lustleigh Village Hall
The Lost Sound and Chris Hoban present Folk Carols and Songs for Winter from around the world. Dartmoor Folk Choir 'The Lost Sound' are a mixed voice chorus based in Buckfastleigh. They perform regularly and have recently been supporting 'Show of Hands' at various gigs including their 25 year anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The Lost Sound sings a wide range of folk material from ancient melodies with contemporary arrangements to punchy pop and angular Indie songs. They have a unique relationship with composer, Chris Hoban who has written specifically for the chorus and he also writes and arranges for Show of Hands. Tickets www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-lost-sound-in-concert-with-chris-hoban-tickets-38537366300.

Sold out Sunday 17 December 2017 7.45pm - Belshazzar's Feast - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
For further information visit www.moorfolk.co.uk. Waiting list only now

Tuesday 19 December 2017 - Belshazzar's Feast - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
On tour with a Christmas-themed show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, added to their usual touch of classical and jazz, with a bit of pop and music hall, all topped off with lashings of wry humour. Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat that always sends audiences home with smiles on their faces. ‘Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’ Mike Harding. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Tuesday 19 December 2017 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Wednesday 20 December 2017 Sold out

Due to popular demand Mad Dog have added a second Totnes date this year! So fear not if you missed out on tickets for Wednesday... Because you can now see them a whole day before your friends on the Tuesday (the last late night shopping!). Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

Wednesday 20 December 2017 - Another Evening With Phil Beer - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Part seated/ part standing. One half of Westcountry folk duo Show Of Hands, Phil Beer is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler and plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don’t stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals. Phil performed a very successful gig at The Brook Inn ahead of his solo tour of the country at the beginning of 2017. It was so popular that Phil asked to end his year of touring here too. Ticket price includes a pre-performance bar snack. Numbers are limited. Meals will be served from 7pm - 8pm and Phil will take to the stage around 9pm. www.ticketsource.co.uk/brookinnplympton. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.
Tel. 01752 297604.

Wednesday 20 December 2018 8pm - Woodwose & The Radial Band - Church of St Michael the Archangel, Chagford TQ13 8BN
Band details see next entry. £10/£8. Tickets available from Sally’s Newsagent, Chagford.

Thursday 21 December 2017 8pm - House Concert: Woodwose & The Radial Band - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Five local musicians with an international reputation join forces with their exotic instruments presenting ancient songs from Mediaeval Europe to the driving rhythms of the Middle East and beyond. These five accomplished multi-instrumentalists play traditional and original pieces rooted in centuries-old traditions featuring: Steve Tyler - hurdy-gurdy, Katy Marchant - bagpipes & shawm, Louis Bingham - cittern & tambura, Ricardo de Noronha - percussion & fujara, Griselda Sanderson - nyckelharpa. “Dance music and gem-like listening pieces with an earthy, ethereal ambience” Songlines Magazine. “Exquisite and exceptionally expressive” Angel Romero, World Music Central. “An exceptional concert; full of interest, surprises, and ravishing harmony.” Frank Lee. Info: gris_sanderson@hotmail.com. Donations on arrival. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations.
Coming later: Friday 9 February 2018 8.30pm - House Concert: Sam Green - slide blues guitarist. www.samgreenmusic.com

UPDATED Selling fast
Thursday 21 December
2017 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing. Plus special guests. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. “It’s always a joy to me when something jumps up and smacks you between the eyes – Mad Dog Mcrea did that to me” - Mike Harding. £15 adv, £17 door. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Thursday 21 December 2017 8.30pm - Alex Hart - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Alex Hart is a young country/folk singer from Devon. Since releasing her first studio album ‘On This Day’ she has embarked on European and UK tours both supporting and playing in the band of Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre, and held her own on a UK tour and Festivals through the South West. Alex is now working with Grammy award winner Terry Britten (famous for Tina Turner’s ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’) on new material for release in 2017, with a new band line-up that brings vocal harmony more to the foreground! www.alexhart.com. Admission £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 22 December 2017 7.30pm - Christmas Special: Harbottle & Jonas - Parish Hall, Meavy PL20 6PJ
Stunning young folk duo based in Totnes. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island. www.harbottleandjonas.com. £8. Licensed bar. www.meavy.org.uk/events.htm.

Sold out Saturday 23 December 2017 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated + standing. www.tavistockwharf.com.

UPDATED Tuesday 28 December 2017 7.30pm - Twixt Christmas and New Year Ceilidh - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Chill out and enjoy the music after the Christmas festivities or dance your (new) socks off with 'Buttoned up': Mick Bramich and Steve Verge, with caller Ken Hudson. Reel Ale bar. Tickets (which might make good Christmas presents) £7.50 adv from artworks (Station Rd, South Brent www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk). Entry includes one free non alcoholic spiced berry drink. FFI: contact Eileen McKee on 01364 73699; email: eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com. One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

Sunday 31 December 2017 8pm-12.15am - New Year's Eve Ceilidh with Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7 9PT
Caller Anne Gill. Tickets £12.50, advance only, from Alan Brown 01626 863016 or Anne Gill 01803 290427. No bar, BYO drinks and food to share. In aid of Teignmouth Folk Festival.

Sunday 31 December 2017 8pm - LOSt COYOTES / Auld Lang Syne - Bedford Hotel, 1 Plymouth Road, Tavistock PL19 8BB
Devon-based 4-piece band (2 of the band, the guitar/cittern and fiddle players, are former Jiggerypipery members, plus a very talented and entertaining accordionist/lead singer Flaky Jake, and finally Kate on various hand percussion and vocals) who play a bewitching mix of Americana, Cajun, Latin-American, and Celtic songs and tunes, finding a natural chemistry between these musical genres in a melodious blend of their instruments and voices. www.lostcoyotes.co.uk/home-page.

NEW Tuesday 9 January 2018 8pm - Shanty Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
The first in 2018 of our increasingly popular and free shanty workshops. Why not come along and learn a few historic shanties, from a few historic (or at least ancient) shanty men?? www.exmouthshantymen.com.

NEW Thursday 11 January 2018 8.30pm - Harbottle & Jonas - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Stunning young folk duo based in Totnes. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island. www.harbottleandjonas.com. Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 12 January 2018 - The Transports - Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
The Transports tells the incredible tale of a family destroyed by poverty and crime, but resurrected by exile to the new colony in Australia. With fresh script and musical arrangement, this famous show re-emerges within a modern context of mass migration. The stellar line-up for this exciting new production includes The Young’uns, Faustus Saul Rose, Benji Kirkpatrick & Paul Sartin), Nancy Kerr, Rachael McShane, Greg Russell and Matthew Crampton. In 1977 Peter Bellamy released The Transports on record with The Watersons, Martin Carthy, Nic Jones, AL Lloyd, June Tabor, Cyril Tawney, Dave Swarbrick and others. Several times since, further generations of folk musicians have gathered to re-create the piece. Full details, tickets etc. www.octagon-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/music/the-transports-a-tale-of-exile-and-migration/2385.
This is well outside Harberton Folk's coverage area, but Jan and I saw this stunning show at Exeter Phoenix in 2017 and Yeovil is the closest the 2018 tour is coming.

NEW Friday 19 January 2018 8pm - Gallery Bar Special: The Countrymen - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
6-piece Cornish folk group based in Launceston. They perform songs about Cornwall – its heritage as a mining and fishing community and what it’s like to live there now. The songs are usually in close, four part harmony with guitars and bass in support, but the accent is on fun and celebrating Cornwall. They favour more modern contemporary songs as well as some original material written by the band. There’s also some pop classics thrown in to up the tempo. This gives the performance a fresh and lively feel, as seen at Newlyn Fish Festival, Falmouth Shanty Festival, Boscastle Music Festival and The World Pasty Championships at The Eden Project, as well as an appearance on the BBC Radio Cornwall stage at the 2017 Royal Cornwall Show.
Free entry, informal atmosphere. Donations to the band please . Doors 7pm. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 20 January 2018 - Annual Stoke Gabriel Wassail
A magical evening of tradition and merriment, organised by the ‘Friends of Stoke Gabriel School’ (FOSS), the Annual Wassail has become a very popular event and helps raise funds to enrich the lives of local children in school and community. Apple Wassailing is an ancient tradition performed in many villages on 'Old Twelfth Night' to bless the cider apples and orchards and encourage a good crop in the coming year. The Apple Blessing Ceremony and lantern procession take place within the village orchard with wassail songs led by Rosa Rebecka. There will also be Folk music; Morris dancing; a Mummers play; Traditional Storytelling; Children's crafts and entertainments; Local food and drinks and licensed bar. tbc Gates open 4pm; Entry £3 adult, £1 U18.See: www.facebook.com/stokegabriel.wassail.

NEW Sunday 21 January 2018 8pm - Topsham Folk Club Annual Charity Night - Globe Hotel Malthouse, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Details tba CD sale (bring along your unwanted CDs). www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Friday 26 January 2018 7.30pm - Tamar - Royal Oak Inn, Meavy PL20 6PJ
Multi-instrumental folk and roots duo Oliver Wheeldon and Barney Kenny from Devon. Tamar's music covers folk, bluegrass, traditional. www.facebook.com/tamarband. £8. Licensed bar. www.meavy.org.uk/events.htm.

NEW Saturday 27 January 2018 8pm - Windjammer EP Launch - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
details tbc Folk trio Windjammer present the launch of their brand new EP with the help of some very special guests. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Saturday 17 February 2018 7.30pm - Anthony John Clarke - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (map)
A welcome return to Kingston Seasonal Concerts for the genial Northern Irish singer songwriter. He'll make you laugh, he'll make you think, with classic songs like The Broken Years and The Only Life Gloria Knows. Saurday night in Kingston will be karaoke! Silvington are Tricia Moore and John Connor. They are building a significant following around South Devon with the success of their first album "Where the Acorn Falls". They will be showcasing material from their second album "Down the Line" as well as some well-known favourites. Tickets £10 adv from John on 01548 810806 or via the Silvington Facebook page. £12 door. Early booking advised, strong ticket sales already

***** Part Two - One-liners for February *****

NEW Friday 2 February 2018 7.30pm - Phil Beer - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
NEW Friday 9 February 2018 8.30pm - House Concert: Sam Green - Hatch Court, Churchstow
NEW Saturday 10 February 2018 9pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Pigs Nose Inn Hall, East Prawle, Kingsbridge TQ7 2BY
NEW Sunday 11 February 2018 - Tannahill Weavers - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
NEW Thursday 15 February 2018 7.30pm - Red Rocks Story Open Mic - Upstairs at the Anchor, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LP
NEW Monday 19 February 2018 - Richard Digance - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
NEW Wednesday 21 February 2018 7.30pm -
Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU
NEW Thursday 22 & (sold out) Friday 23 February 2018 - Miranda Sykes - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ
NEW Friday 23 February 2018 - Rebecca Loebe -
Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
NEW Sunday 25 February 2018 8pm - Martin & Eliza Carthy - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF
NEW Wednesday 28 February 2018 - Steve Knightley - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS
NEW Friday 2 & Saturday 3 March 2018 8pm - Cara Dillon - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX

***** Part Three - Other stuff *****

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for December
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

Pig's Nose Music
I've only just become aware that music of various genres has been taking place again in East Prawle, the interesting venue being the hall attached to the pub. Sorry I missed reporting The Wurzels there last Saturday, but there are still tickets available for:
NEW Saturday 10 February 2018 9pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Pigs Nose Inn Hall, East Prawle, Kingsbridge TQ7 2BY (map)
Mad Dog blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Early bookers can also book return shuttle bus from Kingsbridge via East/West Charleton or Frogmore. Full details www.pigsnoseinn.co.uk.

Spring at Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Exeter Corn Exchange puts on a wide range of top-class events including comedy, various music genres, top tribute bands, dance, and much more. See www.exetercornexchange.co.uk for full details. Current Spring 2018 programme includes:
Wednesday 21 February 2018 7.30pm - Fairport Convention
Wednesday 11 April 2018 7.30pm - Feast of Fiddles 25th Annual Tour
Friday 13 April 2018 8pm - The Fureys 40th Anniverary Tour

11-13 May 2018 - Dart Music Festival - Dartmouth
Latest (23/11) line-up announcements for folk and country acts: www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk/news/latest-line-up-announcements-for-folk-and-country-acts.

Session news
[gleaned from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]
Littlehempston (nr. Totnes): Tally Ho TQ9 6LY. First Tuesday of every month, 8pm. 'Join the band' session with Amber Fire Ceilidh Band. Discontinued.


General items retained from previous circulars

Folk music & song on Sunday evenings at Topsham Folk Club
www.topshamfolkclub.org / www.facebook.com/topshamfolkclub
2018 spring concerts at Matthews Hall:
25 February Martin Carthy & Eliza Carthy; 25 March Peter Knight & John Spiers; 29 April Jez Lowe & Steve Tilston; 3 June Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage.
Singers nights at The Globe Hotel Malthouse Sundays from 8pm.
Concert tickets can be bought online at www.topshamfolkclub.org, also on singers’ nights or at concerts. All enquiries 01392 875332.
Sunday 21 January 2018 8pm - Topsham Folk Club Annual Charity Night - Globe Hotel Malthouse.
Topsham Folk Club 40th Anniversary - Come and help us celebrate on the weekend 5/6 May 2018. Details tba.


Bad news / Good news from Widecombe Sailing Club
First the bad news: So popular has the Widecombe Sailing Club's next planned concert
NEW Wednesday 21 March 2018 - Steve Knightley - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
proved (to its own 'members') that I hadn't even got round to listing it on Harberton Folk and it has possibly already sold out, but
the good news is that Daf has arranged a second date - contact her to check availability etc. for both dates:
NEW Tuesday 13 March 2018 - Steve Knightley - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
 In his highly anticipated 2018 solo tour Songs & Stories, multi-award-winning songwriter Steve Knightley invites his audience on a musical journey, charting the winding roads of his unrivalled career. The Show of Hands frontman (“One of the great English bands” – Peter Gabriel) showcases a set list peppered with classic gems such as ‘Cousin Jack’, ‘AIG’ and ‘Country Life’ with his inimitable passion and flair. And in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead. ‘One of England’s greatest singer songwriters’ Mike Harding. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Gig only, or gig + delicious meal. Contact Daf Edwards dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129 for details, bookings etc. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.


Session News
[gleaned from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]
New addition:
Dousland (nr. Yelverton): The Burrator Inn, Princetown Road PL20 6NP (01822 853121)
Every last Thursday of the month, 8pm. Open mic with Adam.


Exeter - d'Accord French & Breton Music & Dance
The d'Accord website has been closed down and interested parties are asked to use www.frenchdancedevon.wordpress.com instead for matters relating to d'Accord and other French dance and music in Devon.

Seaton - Jurassic Folk & Jam Sesssions News
The venue (
Eyre Court Hotel, 2 Queen Street, Seaton EX12 2NY www.eyrecourthotel.co.uk) the 1st and 3rd Wednesday meetings has apparently been sold but the current landlords are remaining, so the 1st and 3rd Wednesday meetings (1/11, 15/11, 6/12, 20/12 Christmas party) continue until further notice. The www.jurassicfolkandjam.com domain has expired and the website is no longer being maintained. For any other information, contact Adrian on 01404 549903.

'Roots and Shoots' on Exeter's community radio station Phonic FM www.phonic.fm
Listen on 106.8 FM and online on 1st, 3rd, 4th (and 5th) Mondays of the month 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Featuring the best in folk/roots music with a strong emphasis on local music - both live in the studio and recorded. News too of folk/roots events in Exeter and south and east Devon. We welcome contributions from musicians, singers and anyone involved with folk/roots/world music in and around Exeter. Most importantly, listen in, then get in touch to tell us your reactions and suggestions. Contact Roots and Shoots: Telephone 01837 871498 (Martin Henning), email m.henning@hotmail.co.uk.
A message from Adrian Bull
"I co-host the 'Roots and Shoots' radio show. I specialise in playing all things folk(ish) and am particularly keen to promote local artists and events/clubs. If you are a musician and would like me to play some of your music on the show, or even come on as a guest, then I would love to hear from you. I am also keen to have promoters, folk club organisers on the programme."

'Technical' Notes
1) I send copies of my circulars to several different email addresses of my own (Plusnet, Hotmail, Gmail) to help check that as many as possible are reaching their intended recipients. Last week the copy to my Plusnet address unusually finished up in my spam folder. Very occasionally a copy may disappear without trace. I have no idea why - the joys of email! Anyway, if you think you may be missing a copy at any time, you can always find the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk, along with the most recent circular(s).
2) A chance communication with a recipient of these circulars has revealed that Gmail, as well as probably putting the circulars in the Promotions inbox folder (rather than the Primary folder), also 'clips' long emails, such as these circulars, and you need to select the 'View entire message' option to do just that.
The person in question had failed to see the 'Christmas events' section in Part because of the above clipping.


Session News
[gleaned from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]
New addition:
Lympstone (nr. Exmouth): The Saddlers Arms, Exmouth Rd. EX8 5LS (Pub: 01395 265369; Ashley: 07799722607, bbmmusic@btinternet.com)
Second Thursday of every month, 8.30pm. Open mic. “We have two hosts – every player will be well looked after and good sound mixing provided.”
Change of Day (Temporary)
Topsham (nr. Exeter): The Bridge Inn, Bridge Hill EX3 0QQ (01392 873862)
Blues at The Bridge: Normally on the second Monday of the month, 8pm for 8:30pm. “Open mic and Blues Jam Session - acoustic only. NO Bands, but solo artists and duos are VERY welcome.” The October session will be on the third Monday (16 October), as pub has booked other events on the second Monday.

The Whitehouse Sessions: Upstairs at Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
The Whitehouse Sessions are intimate musical evenings with some of the best singer-songwriters around.
Change of venue: This gig were originally scheduled to take place at Unit 23 Live in Totnes.
NEW Thursday 30 November 2017 8pm - Boo Hewerdine
We are very excited to welcome a big favourite: Boo Hewerdine, acclaimed Ivor Novello Award nominated English singer-songwriter returns to Totnes with new album “Swimming in Mercury” As a recording artist, Boo’s first tentative steps came with the band, The Great Divide before the formation of his much-loved eighties group “The Bible” and a career that subsequently bloomed such that he is now in constant demand as a musician, songwriter, producer, teacher and live concert performer. Early booking recommended. Support tbc. More info www.fromthewhitehouse.com. Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £10 from 07832 200980, katie@fromthewhitehouse.com or online www.wegottickets.com/event/417077.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for December
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.


Totnes Early Music Society (TEMS) Programme 2017-18
The three concerts listed below are part of a series of six, where the other three are all Baroque music: anyone who is interested in that too might want to take advantage of our subscription rate, which saves at least one third of ticket prices - effectively six concerts for the price of four. There are details on TEMS membership and the full programme on www.totnesearlymusic.org.
NEW Saturday 23 September 2017 7.30pm - Blondel - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
A History of Dance in Music. Enjoy the foot-tapping rhythms and the rich sound world of shawms, recorders, percussion, curtals and bagpipes in this fascinating journey of ‘Strictly – Medieval to Renaissance’. Top wind band Blondel lead us through music from Gace Brulé (c.1205) via Margaret of Austria’s dance book (c.1510), and on from Henry Vlll and William Byrd to Playford’s Dancing Master (1651) with many anonymous masters along the way. The four members of Blondel have played with many major early music ensembles including Joglaresa, The York Waits and The City Musick. This is the first in a new season of six concerts presented by Totnes Early Music Society (TEMS).  Tickets for non members £14, U18s £5, available from Dartington Box Office (01803 847070), website (www.dartington.org) and on the door.
NEW Friday 1 December 2017 7.30pm - Rosafresca - United Free Church, Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5RP
Music from the Time of Ferdinand and Isabella. Travel back to Spain in c1520 as Rosafresca perform songs and dances from the Palace Song book, the magnificent collection of over 400 songs known as El Cancionero de Palacio complied for Queen Isabella of Spain. From the political, religious and pastoral to the amorous and downright bawdy, most are known as villancicos and would have been performed originally by peasants in village festivities. Singer Hayley Guest joins the three members of Rosafresca who play an array of period instruments, including vihuela, recorders, percussion and cello. The third of six concerts from Totnes Early Music Society. Tickets for non members £12, U18s £5, available from Dartington Box Office (01803 847070), website (www.dartington.org) and on the door.
NEW Saturday 10 March 2018 7.30pm - Passamezzo - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Music from the Restoration. An evening of music, words and song from Restoration England to partner a lecture by top historian Ian Mortimer on 8th March (see www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk for more information). Accounts of the period come from Pepys, Evelyn and anonymous ballads describing momentous events, including the Great Fire of 1666 and Frost Fair in 1683. With theatre songs, tavern rounds, dance music and solos for the viol and cittern, and music by Wilson, Lawes, Locke and Purcell. Passamezzo gave us a hugely enjoyable concert in 2012, and TEMS is delighted to welcome them back. The fifth of six concerts from Totnes Early Music Society. Tickets for non members £14, U18s £5, available from Dartington Box Office (01803 847070), website (www.dartington.org) and on the door.


Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for August
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.


Ashburton Arts bids successfully to buy Ashburton Methodist Church
"Is it possible that you've missed what's been happening around the Ashburton Methodist Church. Along with a bunch of other people, I've been working for the last year (or more!) to set up 'Ashburton Arts'. On Wednesday I was stealing myself for all this work to be dashed, when someone with deep pockets would come along and outbid us. That would be that. When a bronzed guy, who'd apparently been seen driving his Ferrari around town arrived at the auction, it wasn't looking good. At our bid of £150,000 against somebody else entirely, the auctioneer said, “Going once, going twice…” then Mr Ferrari, sitting at the back, stuck up his hand and put in a bid of £151,000. We continued, with Francis Parffrey doing the bidding on our behalf right beside me. It crept up £1000 at a time. We put in a bid of £170,000 – knowing that we were getting very close to our limit. Silence. “Going once, going twice…sold to the bidder at the front” announced the auctioneer looking straight at Francis. There was a hush for a second. Then the church erupted with cheers! WE GOT IT. So, there is to be a new Community Arts Centre for Ashburton. Enormous thanks to everyone who has supported in any way. We're certainly still accepting donations, and will be for some time. See www.ashburtonarts.org.uk for donations and loans, or drop cash or cheques in at Ashburton Post Office for Ashburton Arts. Exciting times ahead! Best wishes, Andy Williamson."


The following interesting item appeared in Steve Cunio's Somerset & Dorset Folk Events Diary email today - Have any Harberton Folk recipients experienced this issue yet?
"Do you use Gmail?
I've had a couple of emails from people asking why SaDFolk had started to send them Google Calendar invitations to events they had no interest in. I haven't changed anything here, but following a bit of searching round the Net, I found that Google had made this 'improvement' to their service.
If you have a Gmail account and a Google Calendar account and any email you receive contains something which Google interprets as an event you might want to go to, it automatically adds the invitation to your calendar and sends you an email about it.
To turn this off, you need log into your Google Calendar then click on the gear wheel icon in the top right, select ‘settings’ then look for ‘Events in Gmail’. Under that there should be a ‘Add automatically’ setting. Deselect that and the problem should go away."
Please let me know (by reply to this email) if you as a Harberton Folk recipient have experienced this issue. Thanks. JC

Anton Horwich's Macmillan Fundraising
Anton (from Folk on the Moor) completed the 23.5 mile Macmillan Jurassic Coast Mighty Hike and the sell-out Milton Combe Concert on 30 June raised just under £500 and my total now stands at £1771. A massive "thank you" to all who came to the concert (with apologies to those who missed out) and to everyone who has donated so generously. If you would like to contribute to this great charity, you can still do so at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Anton-Horwich.


Dartmoor Folk choir Lost Sound Chorus is looking to expand
Dartmoor Folk choir, The Lost Sound is expanding, after a remarkable year of gigs. TLS are looking for male singers, with choral/harmony singing experience, particularly basses. The choir offers vocal and performance training www.thelostsoundchorus.co.uk. Contact Sandra email: sandra@singingandbreathing.co.uk.

Advance dates info for Folk Evenings at the Cross House Inn, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
"The following are the 2017/2018 dates agreed with the landlord for us meet, greet, eat, drink, sing, play ....."
23 Sept, 4 Nov, 2 Dec, 6 Jan, 3 Feb
Monthly reminders will appear in these listings. September is not the usual first Saturday due to other commitments, and nothing in October.

Frequency of these e-circulars
A quick reminder that while I attempt to send an e-circular on a weekly basis, things don't quite always work out that way - work, good gardening weather etc. etc. get in the way sometimes. But I don't think more than a fortnight has ever elapsed between missives. So if you ever think you might be missing one (they do occasionally disappear into the ether - or a spam/junk folder), you can always check www.harbertonfolk.co.uk where the full open-ended Diary listings are always available, along with relevant parts of recent e-circulars.
And remember to use the 'Update subscription preferences' link at the foot of every email to change your email address if need be.

Final reminder: Important note re EE email addresses:
I understand that all email addresses @ any of the following:
Orange.net, Orangehome.co.uk, Wanadoo.co.uk, Freeserve.co.uk, Fsbusiness.co.uk, Fslife.co.uk, Fsmail.net, Fsworld.co.uk, Fsnet.co.uk
will cease to exist after the end of May 2017 and that users of these are generally being advised to use Gmail instead.
1) Do please update your email address using the 'update subscription preferences' link below to ensure that you continue to receive these e-circulars after the end of May. It would be great if you could also reply to this email to let me know you've made the change because MailChimp won't tell me.
2) If you change to Gmail, please note that Harberton Folk e-circulars may well arrive in the 'Promotions' inbox folder rather than the 'Primary' folder (if you see these separately). This is because MailChimp is a commercial email marketing tool (although fortunately free to use for relatively low-volume use such as Harberton Folk).

Last week's circular
The return copy of last week's circular I send to myself for checking purposes unusually finished up in my Plusnet spam/junk folder. I have no idea why. This seems to happen very occasionally. Remember, if you fail to receive a circular within a fortnight at most for whatever reason, the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings can always be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

Nothing to do with the folk context of Cuckoos, but...
...'Devon Birds' are very keen to hear of anyone hearing or even better seeing a cuckoo. Report your own or see where cuckoos have been heard or seen at www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/recording/cuckoos.


Does your morris side need any new sticks?
Right, you've done May Day and the season's started, but you forgot how bad some of the sticks in the bag were. I have some well-seasoned, stripped hazel morris sticks available now, coppiced from our own small wood at Harberton over 12 months ago. First come first served. For collection from Harberton, near Totnes. Reply to this email for further information, price etc.

Important - Please Read
Somewhat disturbingly, I saw that the copy of this e-circular (and the test version I send beforehand) that I send back to my own main email address both finished up in my Junk folder for the first time last week. (The same has been happening for several weeks to the Somerset & Dorset folk events e-circulars that I receive from Steve Cunio www.sadfolk.co.uk).
I can only assume this problem is caused by a change in my ISP's spam filtering system which has perhaps taken a dislike to material sent using MailChimp, which is essentially a commercial email marketing tool, although free (and normally very convenient) for relatively small-scale users.
I fear I can do nothing to easily remedy the problem, so if you think you should be receiving my e-circulars and haven't had one within a fortnight at the most, please check your junk/spam folder.
On fortunately only very isolated occasions the return copy of my e-circular has disappeared into the ether entirely as far as my ISP is concerned, while the copies sent my Gmail and Hotmail addresses have got through normally (albeit perhaps arriving in the 'Promotions' folder in Gmail rather than 'Primary' / Junk folder in Hotmail).
If all else fails, the full open-ended listings (and recent e-circulars) can always be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.


Villages in Action Announcement
"Those promoters who were at The May 2016 Menu Launch will be aware that Villages in Action has been coping with an 80% reduction in its funding in the last five years.
Catherine Devenish, The Chair of the Board of Trustees, has regretfully announced that the scheme will be taking a pause in its activities after the end of the current spring season. The Board hopes to provide more information about the legacy of Villages in Action this summer. Please go to the Promoters area to find out more regarding the background to this decision and what the implications are. As our Unearth project is separately funded, we hope that it will be unaffected.
We want to express our gratitude to the promoters, audiences and artists who have made our events so special and memorable over the last 24 years."
[Further information can be found on the VIA website www.villagesinaction.co.uk.]

Folk Music Maps - for Devon and Beyond
Do you want a quick visual guide to folk song and dance clubs elsewhere in Devon? Try the map on www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Folk_song_and_dance_clubs_map.html. Or further afield? Another (global) folk music map is available at www.folkmusicmap.wordpress.com (could do with a little udpating in places).

Folklore & Mythology Resource Guide
I've added the following link www.supersummary.com/folklore-mythology-guide (Folklore and Mythology Resource Guide) to the Links page page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.


Featured pub venue: Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5SP (map)
Plenty of folk music happens at the Bay Horse:
2nd & 4th Wednesday – Unaccompanied folk singing, preferably not from paper. www.facebook.com/groups/177074592312716; 1st & 3rd Monday - Sessions for musicians and singers; 4th Monday - Irish Session.
Also jazz, open mic, quizzes, and excellent beer etc. Tel. 01803 862088, www.bayhorsetotnes.com, www.facebook.com/groups/23742476306.

Folk in the South Hams
Free concerts take place regularly (2nd Thursday) during the winter at the Crabshell Inn in Kingsbridge.
Various regular folk sessions of different types (general, tunes/songs, mainly trad tunes) take place in Churchstow, Frogmore and Kingsbridge).
After a change of management at the Church House Inn Churchstow, the regular 1st Thursday session there (run by John Connor) resumes on 2 February (from 8pm).
A full diary listing all the above occurrences can be found at www.shamstrad.co.uk.
John Connor is also the promoter of a concert at Kingston Reading Room on Saturday 18 February by key harp virtuoso Maire Ni Chathasaigh with guitar legend Chris Newman. Details on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.


Also in Topsham, but not the Folk Club
Regular instrumental session (mainly English) at The Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map) on the first Tuesday every month (not August) 8pm- 10.30pm.

Session News - Cider Bar, Newton Abbot
One I wasn't aware of previously, but which is already included in the extremely comprehensive session listings on www.flaxey-green.co.uk, and actually came to my attention through
Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com):
Regular second Wednesday 8pm, mixed traditional music session. The main genres played are English folk, old time and bluegrass. A very relaxed session in a great venue: Cider Bar, 99 East Street, Newton Abbot TQ12 2LD. Tel 01626 354221.


Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 8 June 2016

This is an important 'Admin' message - Please read
Possibly Missing Circulars
(The usual event-full circular will follow in a few days, but new details of a Seth Lakeman gig in Exeter Cathedral on 17 December, already selling very strongly, follow below.)

I've spotted an issue which means some people may not have received the normal circular I sent on Monday this week.

For 2½ years I've been using the commercial email marketing tool MailChimp to send my circulars. For my total number of contacts and total monthly usage, this is free to use. But it does mean that some email systems might regard the Harberton Folk circulars as commercial promotional material. Gmail for example may put them under the 'Promotions' Inbox tab rather than the 'Primary' tab.

To help me keep a check on what is happening I send a copy of each circular to a 'normal' email address of mine (handled by my ISP, Plusnet [ISP = internet service provider]) and I send further copies to a Gmail address and a Hotmail address. Occasionally the copy to my ISP-based email address doesn't arrive. I have no idea why? Perhaps for some unknown reason it is categorized as spam and deleted (without trace). But I also send a copy to my wife's Plusnet-based email address - and that usually gets through when mine doesn't.

Last Monday's circular was different. For the first time in the case of non-delivery to our normal Inboxes, it finished up in both my and my wife's respective Spam folders on Plusnet's server.
Again, I have no idea what element of the circular's content might have caused it to be specifically categorized as spam (it may possibly have something to do with the number and type of links I include, but that is a pure guess), and I fear the same may have happened in the case of other ISPs. I can do nothing about this. I just hope it doesn't happen again.

But if you suspect you may be missing a circular, please always check the website www.harbertonfolk.co.uk where a copy of the most recent circulars can be found, now with a prominent link on the home page.

Session news
Bere Ferrers (near Yelverton): Old Plough PL20 7JL (Pub: 01822 840 358, contactus@theoldeploughinn.co.uk, Jane: 01822 841064)
Open mic: First Friday of the month, 8.30pm.
Acoustic night: Third Sunday of the month, 8.30pm. Acoustic singers, instrumentalists and groups welcome (all styles).
Jam Session: Third Tuesday of the month, 8.30pm.
[gleaned from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]


Session/Club News
Milton Abbot Folk Club, Milton Abbot Village Hall PL19 0PA (map)
Regular 3rd Friday club. Midway between Launceston and Tavistock (01822 870247)
Launceston - Racehorse Inn, North Hill www.racehorseinn.co.uk
Live music last Monday every month. 01566 786916

Morris Sticks
I can supply limited quantities of stripped hazel morris sticks from our own small wood at Harberton, cut and prepared to order during the winter. First come first served. For collection from Harberton, or Hermes courier delivery. Email me at the address below for further information, price, estimated delivery charge (Hermes charge £7.69 for a 5-10kg package and £9.98 for a 10-15kg package). JC


Folk News for Cornwall
I'm sometimes asked if there is any equivalent of the Harberton Folk e-circulars (which essentially cover southern Devon) for Cornwall. I'm not aware of anything myself, but would be happy to pass on any new information supplied to me.
The quarterly Folk News Kernow covering the county can be viewed/downloaded at
Bodmin Folk Club's website has numerous links, at
More Folks News for (North) Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - Shammick Acoustic, North Devon folk information
www.flaxey-green.co.uk - Covers much of Devon: folk events, song/dance clubs, sessions, ceilidhs and much more
Folk News for Somerset & Dorset / Wessex
Sadfolk's weekly email circulation - sign up at www.sadfolk.co.uk (Steve Cunio)
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com (Tony Watts)


Folk news slightly further afield:
North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the next couple of months for this area can be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area.
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.


Devon Sessions Map on Flaxey Green
A useful map showing many of the regular pub sessions happening in Devon can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Sessions_map.html. This is not necessarily exhaustive and, as I know from my own earlier experience, notoriously difficult to keep up to date so do please take a look and let FG's Trevor know of any changes, additions etc.

Folk Club Map
"This could be a really useful resource but it will rely on a community effort to keep it up to date. Have a look at: www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zV_JF5o4YYCs.k5CBvD6DMEsI and, if your club or session isn't there, why not add it?"
[An interesting item gleaned from Steve Cunio's latest 'Sadfolk' (Somerset & Dorset Folk) email circular - see www.sadfolk.co.uk to sign up. I'll be adding the Folk Club Map link to the Links page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.]

Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.


Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.


A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf


An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"


A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.


Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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MailChimp 'Final Confirmation' text

Welcome to the Harberton Folk Email Circulation

Many thanks for joining our free and confidential service which currently has over 1500 subscribers.
Please email me, John Culf, at johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk to tell me how you found out about the website / email circulation as I'm really interested to know how the word spreads. Thank you.

If your are a Gmail user, please note that Gmail may put the circulars in the 'Promotions' folder rather than 'Primary' or 'Social' if your Gmail is set up to show all three Inbox folders.
Please also note that Gmail may 'clip' (i.e. truncate) long emails, such as my circulars, and you need to select the 'View entire message' option to do just that.

A new e-circular is usually sent every 7-14 days which will contain a selection of reminders and newly notified events, all extracted from the open-ended Folk Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk (the 'website') listing all known folk concerts etc. for the area, along with details of folk clubs, ceilidhs and much more. Recent circulars and a developing draft of the next circular can also be found on the website.

All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey.

The circulation covers events happening over an area extending about 30 miles from Totnes as the crow flies in all landward directions, roughly the southern half of Devon in other words. The information is gleaned from various sources including certain venues' own emailing lists, my own website trawls and - last but importantly not least - input from you. If you know of an event that's not in the website Diary, do let me know, and the more notice you can give the better.

Here's a collection of links that may be of interest; many more can be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk (please tell me if you find any broken links anywhere):

Folk clubs
Brixham Folk Club - www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk/brixham-folk-club
Folk on the Moor, Lee Mill, near Ivybridge -

Seaton - Jurassic Folk & Jam - www.jurassicfolkandjam.com
Teignmouth Folk Club - www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Devon%20Folk/Song/Teingmouth_Folk_Club.html
Topsham Folk Club, near Exeter - www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk
East Devon Folk: www.eastdevonfolk.org - Information about various folk clubs, sessions and more in East Devon and beyond

Venues/organisations offering folk concerts (some more occasional than others)
Calstock - Calstock Arts -
Exeter - Barnfield Theatre www.barnfieldtheatre.co.uk
Exeter - Phoenix Arts Centre -
Otterton Mill, near Budleigh Salterton - www.ottertonmill.com/musiclistings.asp
Newton Abbot - Kingskerswell parish church - www.worldunlimited.co.uk
Teignmouth - Teignmouth Folk Concerts - www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk

Informational sites
Flaxey Green: www.flaxey-green.co.uk - Masses of information about local performers, bands, gigs, events, folk clubs... and much more... throughout South Devon and beyond. Flaxey Green particularly gives excellent information about two areas that Harberton Folk does not cover: Pub Sessions and Folk Dance Clubs.
Harberton Folk: www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - Our own site, again with extensive, regularly updated listings for southern Devon

Devon Folk: www.devonfolk.co.uk - Devon Folk ("What's Afoot") folk listings, dance clubs, song clubs etc. across the county
Villages In Action:
www.villagesinaction.co.uk - Scheme covering 5 of 7 district council areas in Devon which helps bring quality professional performances including some folk events and participatory workshops at affordable prices to communities through a network of local promoters
Somerset & Dorset Folk (Sadfolk): www.sadfolk.co.uk - Gateway to regular emailed folk information for Somerset and Dorset, including The David Hall at South Petherton and Bridgwater Arts Centre with regular major folk names, not too far from the east of our coverage area.

Acoustic Calendar for Wessex: An amazing "Guide to folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic" which essentially covers Somerset and Dorset, but also bits of all surrounding counties. Read more and/or download the full Calendar at www.folkmusicsomerset.co.uk/somerset_folk_diary.php. Also available by email subscription.

Folk on radio / internet
Folk on the BBC - A range of network (Mark Radcliffe on Radio 2: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01phglj), national (Radio Wales, Scotland etc.) and regional folk programmes from the BBC is available online (see www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/genres/music/folk/player), and through iPlayer for up to 7 days after broadcast. A good example of a BBC weekly regional folk programme is Johnny Coppin on BBC Gloucestershire: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/radio/bbc_radio_gloucestershire

The Mike Harding Folk Show
The former BBC presenter now has his own show online (current and archives dating back to January 2013) at www.mikehardingfolkshow.com.

UK Folk Music www.ukfolkmusic.co.uk - an online resource whose output for a period included a monthly version of Folkwaves, the excellent folk music programme hosted by Mick Peat and Lester Simpson, formerly broadcast on BBC Radio Derby until the BBC dropped it in 2011. Listen at www.ukfolkmusic.co.uk/magazine/category/folkwaves.

The Music Well (formerly Radio Britfolk) www.themusicwellhome.co.uk is an online resource dedicated to folk. Extensive billboard and new releases playlists offer pure no-chat music, plus many archived programmes offer a wide listening choice.

Locally, Dartington's Soundart Radio 102.5 FM also webstreams at www.soundartradio.org.uk (or www.myspace.com/soundartfm). The schedule, which usually includes Merlin's weekly folk and roots programme Weds 8.30-10pm, is available on the website.
Exeter-based Phonic FM 106.8 and streaming online at www.phonic.fm includes a 'Roots and Shoots' programme (Mons 6-8pm).

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for May
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for ???
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
On that same page I shall also attempt to include a regular monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the
Bicton Inn in Exmouth
, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for September
will soon be available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

NEW Saturday 30 September 2017 8pm - Show of Hands - St Andrew's Church, Harberton TQ9 7SF nr Totnes (map)
Harberton Folk is delighted to have been able to seize the opportunity offered to stage a preview by Show of Hands www.showofhands.co.uk with Miranda Sykes of The Cathedrals Tour 2017, also featuring special guest Kirsty Merryn, in Harberton's village church. St Andrew's is a fine example of medieval architecture. We look forward to experiencing the lighting and sound system especially designed to enhance the ambience and acoustics of these grand old ecclesiastical buildings. All concert proceeds to the newly formed Harberton Church Community Fund (reg. charity 1172549) for the upkeep of this impressive 14th C building and the promotion of its use for community purposes in the future.
Free parking (at Harberton Parish Hall & Playing Field). No bar, but the Church House Inn is a few steps from the church door (drinks can be taken into church) and will also be opening the kitchen early offering a limited 2-course set menu from 5.00pm to 6.30pm specially for concert goers. Meals must be prebooked.
Full details at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/soh170930.htm.
Total (fully seated) capacity is only 200, including some restricted views. At the time of writing, 47 have already gone within 2 days of ticket release.